“Writing is the star of the show”

The title of this commentary is a quote from an article written by Harry Calhoun, called Why is writing for e-learning different?  at http://www.cedma-europe.org/newsletter%20articles/Training%20Magazine/Why%20is%20writing%20for%20e-learning%20different%20(Apr%2006).pdf eLearning that engages the learner is developed with good instructional methodology, relevant content, an easy to use interface, pleasing and relevant images and writing that flows and connects. However, when facilitating […]

From Novice to Grok

I have been reading The Gamification of Learning and Instruction, by Karl M Kapp. An excellent book that I recommend to anyone interested in the design of learning. Chapter 7 talks about the difference between the internal knowledge structures of novices and experts. This has interested me for some time because most of the eLearning […]

Does your eLearning support cognition or present content?

I recently read the article “What forty years of research says about the impact of technology on learning: a second-order meta-analysis and validation study” by RM Tamim, et al. It was published in The Review of Educational Research, vol 81, March 2011. Firstly, the article contains some quotes that are excellent reminders of the importance […]

Bells and whistles do not equal interactive learning

Most of us are familiar with versions of the Learning Pyramid developed by the National Training Laboratories. You can see an example of it at http://siteresources.worldbank.org/DEVMARKETPLACE/Resources/Handout_TheLearningPyramid.pdf The key message is – the more we participate in the learning, the more we retain. You will notice that ‘audio-visual’ is listed as a passive teaching method – […]

what goes wrong

From classroom training to eLearning – what goes wrong?

We were invited to view a new online course. It was created by an experienced classroom trainer and Flash developer. They were very excited because they believed it to be interactive and engaging. What we found was a course where most screens included ‘buttons’ to click on so that small chunks of text would appear […]